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DL’s Grace Lutheran to hold salad luncheon Friday

It’s salads galore at Grace Lutheran, as dozens of different types of salads will be spread throughout four lines to make dishing up a quick and easy thing to do. SUBMITTED PHOTO

There’s just something about a homemade dish whipped up by one of those church ladies who has been tweaking and perfecting her recipe for a long time. They’re tough to beat.

On Friday, Sept. 5, there won’t just be a dish or two available to hungry lunch-goers around Detroit Lakes, but an entire spread.

The Grace Lutheran Women are at it again with their ever-popular salad luncheon.

“We’ve got potato salad, taco, crab, oriental, macaroni, fruit jello, wild rice, three bean, corn, raspberry rice — we have every kind of salad imaginable,” said Bertha Anderson, who is the event organizer.

The 14th annual event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran.

“We always have it the Friday after Labor Day,” explained Anderson, who says the first salad luncheon was scheduled for the first Friday after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“So we decided to go with a patriotic theme for that event, and we’ve carried it through every year after,” said Anderson of the red, white and blue decorations and aprons the ladies all wear.

This is the largest fundraiser of the year for Grace, which usually pulls in around 300 people for the annual salad luncheon.

In addition to the dozens of salads, there will also be some crowd favorites, including deviled eggs, fruit and veggie pizzas and an assortment of homemade yeast breads and homemade bars.      

The Grace Lutheran Women will also have their new cookbook on sale at the event for $15, which happens to feature many of the salad recipes offered at the luncheon.

Tickets can be purchased for $7 per person at the church office Monday through Friday or at the door.

“And you sure get a lot of food for that $7 because if people want seconds, they can sure go and get them,” said Anderson, who says they will also have to-go boxes available.

“We will have four serving lines, so if you’re working and you need to get back at a certain time, you have time to get through the line, enjoy your meal and get back to work,” said Anderson.

While it is the Grace Lutheran Women hosting the event, Anderson says everybody from the community is encouraged to make it to the “church up on the hill” for the luncheon.

Proceeds from the event go to the Grace Women organization, which then turns around and donates it to several local organizations and a few missions further away.

“We give locally to the Becker County Food Pantry, the Boys and Girls Club, Hospice (of the Red River Valley), Becker County Caretakers, the Lakes Crisis Center, Lutheran Social Services, Lutheran Campus Ministries, and then we also donate to local benefits for people who are in need,” said Anderson.

The church is located at 213 Roosevelt Avenue across from Roosevelt Elementary School in Detroit Lakes.